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Hi I'm Nancy Aleccia

I grew up all over the States. I love to run, play sports, paint, draw and photograph landscapes. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Because my parents were in the military, I have grown up in several different states as well as in Japan. I am the only girl with an older and younger brother, so getting my way was a rare occurrence. I love to paint, draw, photograph landscapes and random things I find. Being active is super important to me. Running, volleyball, basketball, racquetball, football, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, you name it, I will more than likely join in. I just finished my 3rd semester at BYU (Brigham Young University) in Provo, Utah. Right now, I think I would like to go into a Nutrition and Dietetics major, but I have a love of ASL (American Sign Language) which I have been learning for 4 years now. I have been recently assigned to serve a proselytizing mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormon church) in New York, New York.

Why I am a Mormon

3 years before I was born, a pair of Sister Missionaries knocked on my newlywed-parents' door. My parents had been searching for something they wanted to raise their future children in. The moment they heard the message the sisters had for them, they knew this was it. I grew up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As a child I loved the programs, the songs and the sweet teachers. Everyone was so kind and happy. In my youth, I realized why everyone at church was so happy, and that not everyone was that happy. That is when I knew I needed to understand why people with the gospel were so full of light and love: I needed to have faith of my own. Reading the scriptures (The Bible and The Book of Mormon) along with fervent prayer helped me throughout my teens, especially in high school. I was able to understand the importance of surrounding myself with people who did not want to drag me down in there ways, but wanted to help me and support me, even with my high and somewhat strange standards. I know that Christ lives. I know that this church is His own: brought by His hand, and lead through His commands. I know that there are living prophets on this earth today who love us and guide us. I know that the world is dark, but through the gospel we may have light. We never have to be sad or alone again. Christ suffered for you, He suffered for me. He has made a way back to our loving Heavenly Father, and we must prepare and be worthy to take that path. Everything the Lord gives us is a blessing, we just need to look at it in the right way to see it.

How I live my faith

I love to serve. At BYU, I was able to participate in mentoring troubled 6th graders. I loved the opportunity to allow these kids to have a good role model and realize that they can come to college like they wanted, even if their family did not encourage it. These kids were all so sweet and just wanted someone to believe in them. It really humbled me and made me more grateful for the loving household I grew up in. As I have already said, I am going to go serve as a missionary in New York, New York. My older brother, who is one of my best friends, is currently doing the same thing in Paris, France. He is about to finish his two years of service, and he returns one day after I leave for my missionary service. I do not quite understand why he and I will miss each other by just a few hours and have to wait an extra year and a half to see him. I do know that I have faith in the Lord. He has called me to go to New York at this time, and I know that He will never lead me astray. I love my brother, but I also love God and Christ. I know, from personal studying and revelation that I need to go to New York at the time I was called, and I know that everything will work out fine. I love being able to sacrifice for others, it makes me feel more Christ-like. If something is important enough, you should be willing to give all you have for it. What is most important to you?